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Therapy & Counseling in Mental Health Disorder Treatment

Guardian Recovery integrates individual therapy as a core component in each level of care to ensure personalized and effective mental health treatment for its clients. At the initial assessment stage, clients receive a tailored therapy plan, recognizing that every individual’s journey to recovery is unique. As clients progress through different levels of care, from inpatient to outpatient services, the frequency and focus of individual therapy sessions are adjusted to meet their evolving needs. 

These one-on-one sessions with experienced therapists provide a safe space for clients to explore underlying issues, develop coping strategies, and work toward lasting recovery. Guardian Recovery emphasizes the importance of individual therapy in not just addressing substance abuse but also in treating co-occurring mental health disorders, thereby offering a holistic approach to recovery.

What Is Individual Therapy?

Individual therapy, also referred to as psychotherapy or talk therapy, is a method that behavioral health professionals use to assist clients in addressing their psychological issues in a one-on-one setting. The main focus of this approach is to provide a safe and supportive setting for the individual to gain insight into their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. 

During sessions, clients collaborate with a specialist, such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, therapist, or counselor, to learn healthier coping skills, resolve specific challenges, and promote emotional well-being. It has been found to be an effective treatment for a variety of emotional challenges and psychiatric conditions. 

Although personal issues will not necessarily disappear, individuals will become equipped with the tools needed to cope with them in a healthier way. This form of therapy may be used in combination with other types of behavioral health treatment, such as family therapy or substance use counseling.

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The Role of Individual Therapy in Mental Health Treatment

Individual therapy plays a vital role in mental health treatment. It is used as a foundation for othe r therapeutic approaches and to actively promote overall recovery. It’s intended to address a wide range of psychiatric challenges, including dysfunctional coping mechanisms and the underlying factors that contribute to various psychological conditions.

Key Aspects of Individual Therapy Include:

  • Assessment and diagnosis of disorders.
  • Personalized, holistic treatment approach.
  • Evidence-based strategies and services.
  • Identification of goals for positive change.
  • Exploration of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
  • Understanding underlying factors contributing to mental health issues.
  • Encouragement of emotional reflection and processing.
  • Development of problem-solving skills and healthy coping strategies.
  • Professional and emotional support.
  • Trauma-focused therapies and resolution.
  • Medication management, if appropriate.
  • Relapse prevention techniques to sustain long-term healing.

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Common Mental Health Disorders Treated With Therapy

Individual therapy is considered an integral component of the treatment of mental health disorders and can include a variety of approaches that effectively address a wide range of conditions.

These Mental Health Disorders Include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Bipolar disorder (BD)
  • Schizophrenia
  • Borderline personality disorder (BPD)
  • Eating disorders
  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD)
  • Specific phobias
  • Substance use disorders (SUDs)

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What To Expect in Individual Therapy Treatment Sessions

Individual therapy sessions and their components vary based on the behaviral health professional and the person’s specific needs and goals. There are, however, several essential elements that make the experience highly client-centered and are expected to be included in these sessions.

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Our experienced, welcoming therapists and other support staff offer empathy and compassion to our clients while providing them with the highest-quality clinical expertise. Our goal is to approach each person openly, using effective communication, while working toward establishing trust. We employ a personalized, holistic approach to wellness that also includes careful attention to improving cultural competence. In doing so, we not only convey great respect for our clients, but we also strive to have a well-rounded awareness of cultural-specific issues and the utmost regard for diversity. 

Welcoming & Safe Environment

We prioritize providing each client with a safe, welcoming, comfortable environment conducive to healing. Each setting is designed to be peaceful, soothing, and distraction-free, with up-to-date safety and security measures in place. Adherence to privacy laws both during and outside of sessions is of maximum importance, and information shared between therapists and individuals is always strictly confidential. 

Personalized Mental Health Treatment Plans

Personalized treatment plans are customized strategies therapeutic professionals develop in collaboration with their clients. The plan outlines the steps, actions, and resources required to address each person’s needs and meet their treatment goals. Personalization in treatment plans is essential to avoid cookie-cutter, standardized approaches that do not address the needs of the individual or provide holistic care.

Elements of Personalized Treatment Plans Include:

  • A comprehensive assessment to gather client information
  • Establishment of goals that align with the client’s needs and preferences
  • Evidence-based interventions, such as individual therapy
  • A whole-person approach to treatment
  • Flexibility and adaptability to make room for adjustments
  • Consideration for client preferences
  • Collaboration with other professionals
  • Ongoing monitoring, evaluation, and feedback
  • Medication management
  • Aftercare planning

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Therapies Used in Individual Therapy

A wide variety of approaches can be used during individual therapy. Therapists can integrate different strategies based on the individual’s needs, preferences, concerns, and goals.

Common Therapeutic Strategies Include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Trauma-focused therapy (e.g., EMDR)
  • Family systems-focused treatment
  • Mindfulness-based treatment
  • Expressive therapies

Our Individual Therapy Intake Process

When you contact us, you can speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members who can explain our various mental health treatment options. You can then schedule an initial appointment with one of our therapists. During the first session, they’ll ask pertinent questions about your background, current concerns, and therapy goals. Based on this information, you and your therapist will collaborate to develop a treatment plan.

Frequently Asked Questions

You are encouraged to browse through the following FAQs and reach out to us with any further questions or concerns.

During intake, a specific therapist may be recommended based on their availability, expertise, and your needs and goals. However, you are also entitled to express any personal preferences, which can also be taken into consideration.

If you have been struggling with persistent emotional distress and found yourself unable to effectively cope with adverse thoughts, feelings, or behaviors, you may be a good candidate for individual therapy. These commonly include, but are not limited to, adverse symptoms related to issues such as depression, anxiety, traumatic life experiences, or substance use. 

Recognizing these signs and contacting a behavioral health professional is the first step in determining whether individual therapy could be appropriate and beneficial for you based on your unique circumstances. You are urged to reach out for help even if you are feeling uncertain about your mental health status or overwhelmed by your distress and want to learn more.

During sessions, your therapist will ask a variety of questions to help them better understand your feelings, symptoms, and overall well-being. These can vary based on the approach being used, your current concerns, and the goals of therapy. 

Examples of Common Therapist Questions Include:

  • Can you describe the main challenges you’ve been encountering?
  • How would you describe your mood lately? What emotions are you currently experiencing?
  • Are there recurring themes or patterns in your thoughts, feelings, or behaviors?
  • Are there specific challenges or conflicts you’re experiencing in your relationships with loved ones?
  • What is motivating you to make a positive change?
  • What realizations or insights have you had recently? Is there anything specific you’d like to discuss?
  • What coping skills or strategies have you been using to handle challenging or triggering situations?
  • Are you engaging in regular physical activity or practicing self-care?

Many psychiatric conditions can be reduced in severity and duration when medication is used as an adjunct treatment to individual therapy. Although you are not required to take medication, your psychiatrist or other specialist may strongly advise it. There are a number of common medications used to treat a variety of mental health disorders, including antidepressants, anxiolytics, antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, substance use disorder management, and others. (2)

Individual therapy is considered helpful for a wide range of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders, as well as stress-related disorders such as PTSD. It’s also commonly used to address psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia, borderline and other personality disorders, and more. (3)

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If you are struggling with mental health issues and would like to seek professional treatment, contact us today for a free health insurance benefits check and to learn more about our evidence-based therapies and services. Using a holistic, personalized approach, we can help equip you with the coping skills and tools to manage your symptoms and promote long-lasting mental stability and overall well-being.

Reviewed professionally for accuracy by:

Ryan Soave


Ryan Soave brings deep experience as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, certified trauma therapist, program developer, and research consultant for Huberman Lab at Stanford University Department of Neurobiology. Post-graduation from Wake Forest University, Ryan quickly discovered his acumen for the business world. After almost a decade of successful entrepreneurship and world traveling, he encountered a wave of personal and spiritual challenges; he felt a calling for something more. Ryan returned to school and completed his Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. When he started working with those suffering from addiction and PTSD, he found his passion. He has never looked back.

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